TAKE IT FROM A FORMER BEAUTY EDITOR: WE ARE THE BEST PEOPLE TO ASK FOR BEAUTY TIPS.
We get to road test nearly every new product on the market before it hits the shelves, we’re flown all over the world to attend major beauty events and see the biggest breakthroughs, and we have makeup artists and dermatologists on speed dial. We’ve been there, tried that.
The beauty biz is a small one, so we all know each other from attending the same events. I asked a few of Manila’s top beauty editors to fill me in on their all-time favorite beauty buys, and why. Add these to your shopping lists, ladies!
Unilever beauty expert, formerly of Preview and Cosmopolitan Philippines
Simple Micellar Water
This changed my life! I used to be so OC when it came to cleansing. This product has simplified my cleansing routine and made my skin less prone to breakouts!
Shiseido Pore Refining Foundation
I’ve tried A LOT of foundations. This one’s THE BEST. It’s like Photoshop in a bottle.
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow
It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, and blends in seamlessly with your natural brow hairs. What’s not to love?
Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis
My all-time fave fragrance. I always get compliments when I spritz this on.
Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink
It’s the perfect peachy-pink. It looks super pretty in pictures too. A real must-have!
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
I use this in lieu of moisturizer (day and night) and it has helped keep my complexion calm and supple, especially when I’m traveling to cold places. It also keeps my T-zone less oily during summertime. It’s my all-weather skincare.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I love spraying this on in the morning, especially when I’m too lazy to moisturize. It provides a cooling sensation that instantly perks up my skin while imparting some skin care benefits.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
I’ve tried different foundation and concealer formulas but I always come back to this pair. Both products give me the perfect skin-like finish, while providing the full coverage I need to conceal my blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturizer
I got into this by accident on a moisturizer run (an emergency, right?) when I was on a trip in Europe and my usual wasn’t working. It works well and is light enough for our tropical clime.
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Ahh, mascara, my first love. Maybelline’s The Falsies though, is my lashes’ OTL (one tru luv!) — I’m partial to fiber brushes and waterproof formulas that make my fringes look fluffy.
Happy Skin Glam Squad Liquid Matte Lipstick By Jigs Mayuga
It used to be difficult for a morena to find a good muted rose shade, but this one wins for me with its super comfortable and long lasting wear.
Beachborn PH’s Classy Not Brassy purple shampoo
Another local choice, because love your own! This is usually used by blondes who want to go platinum (and keep it), but since I dyed my hair violet, I use this to keep the color from fading into an orangey red.
B. Balenciaga Eau de Parfum
My absolute favorite scent in the world!! They say all scents smell different on people because of body chemistry, and this has been the best one on me. When I noticed it smells good even (more so) when I sweat, I just knew I found ~The One~
Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment
As first aid for everything. I use this healing salve for itchies, cuts, mosquito bites, red patches, even headaches, both for me and my son.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
I try on so many products and I find that this is the ultimate dirt and makeup remover. I’ve it everywhere-bathroom, bag, travel kit.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift Serum
It is your skin’s best friend in cold or extremely cold weather conditions. Perfect for traveling.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Foundation
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
For a second skin finish to my base, I rely on these.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
For photo-ready skin. It literally blurs out everything and gives a seamless finish. I’ve tested this even for TV!
Chanel Ultrawear Flawless Compact Foundation
Sheer and lightweight, it gives a luminous finish for all-day touch-ups. I love that it feels comfortable and allows my skin to breathe.
Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt
I usually wear it alone, but I find that even if I spray or layer other scents throughout the day, it never gets heady.
Town & Country Philippines
The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick
I love it for its long-wearing and comfortable matte formula. It’s non-sticky, transfer-free, highly pigmented, and best of all, it feels bare. It can hold for hours without a retouch, but won’t need a hardcore makeup remover to take off. I loved it so much I got it in ALL shades, even the bright pink I’m not even sure I would wear.
Make up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Hands down, this foundation delivers the most ideal coverage for me: camouflages every imperfection, lightweight enough to feel like real skin, looks natural even up close and under any light, and can fool even my dermatologist into thinking my skin is perfect. And it comes in 40 shades.
VMV Armada Face Cover
This is the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen. This hypoallergenic formula leaves my skin feeling natural—not sticky, not matte, not powdery—and lets me go about a normal makeup routine like no other.
allthingshair.com, formerly of Preview Magazine
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
I got on this as soon as I hit my late 20s, and I don’t plan on stopping — not because of their brilliant Pitera marketing, but because it’s one of the very few treatments that gives me visible results. People literally ask me what I have on my face the morning after.
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack
The hero product in a lot of beauty addicts’ regimens! I absolutely can’t live without this overnight mask — it hydrates my skin just the right amount, and never overdoes it or leaves it clogged or greasy. Perfect for avoiding major hangoverface, and holds up exceptionally well during NYC winters.
Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in Purple
I’ve definitely been around the block when it comes to pencil eyeliner, and this has the most integrity of all I’ve tried. No smudge and super reliable, whether for tightlining or smoking your eyes out.
YSL Volupté Tint-in-Oil
Rekindled my love affair with lip gloss. Super luxe, yet not at all tacky or sticky. Nails that elusive, shiny, Debbie Harry going-out lip of my dreams, and I can wear this on a blustery fall day in the city without any hassle.
Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Black
Glamorous and chic and very, very French-looking. It gives exceptional lash separation and thickness without the trashy effect. Discovered this on my travels on a whim and it’s now a staple on my vanity!